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PhD position on exploring the links between behavioral factors, individual climate adaptation decisions and socio-economic resilience through multi-wave surveysPosted by: University of Twente
Posted date: 2018-May-22
This 4-year fully-funded PhD position is part of the ERC Starting Grant project “Scaling up behavior and autonomous adaptation for macro models of climate change damage assessment (SCALAR)”. The SCALAR-research program is made possible thanks to a 1.5 million euro personal grant from the European Research Council.
Damage associated with climate change is a core benchmark in science and policy. Yet, global damage assessments are criticized for neglecting risk distribution, adaptation dynamics beyond top-down public protection, and resilience of communities, cities and regional economies. Micro-level social science studies contain substantial knowledge on individual behavior, decisions under risk and autonomous climate adaptation, and go beyond monetary losses by focusing on resilience. This knowledge can ameliorate theoretical and empirical flaws in current macro assessments, if adequate scaling up methods were to exist. SCALAR aims to connect micro and macro research traditions by modeling the behavioral aspects of autonomous adaptation processes of heterogeneous agents, and integrating them into macro level climate policy models. By focusing on floods, the project revisits the classic micro-macro aggregation problem in social sciences. The SCALAR research program consists of three phases. The current PhD position falls under the first phase, which focuses on the micro level of individual households and the dynamic process of their climate adaptation decisions to floods in coastal and delta cities worldwide.
A candidate should ideally have:
Starting date: September 1st 2018. First reviews and interviews will start on May 31st 2018 and during the WCERE Congress in Gothenburg in Sweden June 26-28 (www.wcere2018.org/). The position will remain open until filled.
The first interviews will take place on May 31st – June 1st 2018 and during the WCERE Congress in Gothenburg in Sweden June 26-28 (www.wcere2018.org/ ).
This research project will start on September 1st 2018.
Conditions of employment
As a PhD candidate you will be appointed on a full-time basis for a period of four years. The gross monthly salary for a PhD increases from € 2.222,- in the first year to € 2.840,- in the final year (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition to the attractive salary that comes with generous social security benefits, the position offers the tuition waiver and the conference travel budget. Our Graduate Research School provides a structured PhD program (clear planning, supervision agreements and career development and support). The successful candidate will work directly with Prof. Tatiana Filatova and will have a chance to collaborate with other PhDs and PostDocs within her ERC SCALAR project, the CSTM Department and the international colleagues leading in this domain.
The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences